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The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins Review

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

"Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!" - Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games 
The Hunger Games
Set in a dystopian time where North America have been split into twelve districts with an overpowering Capitol. Every year, two tributes, a boy and a girl, from each district selected to participate in a Hunger Game. A game televised over all over the nation of Panem with tribute fighting each for survival

On selection day for participants in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen volunteered in place of her sister, Prim, as tribute. Thrown into this cruel game invented by the Capitol, her only goal is to stay alive.    

An interesting novel written by Suzanne Collins that takes a twist upon modern society.

I want to say I read this book before I ever heard of the movie, but sadly I came to read this series after watching the movie version of it. So coming into reading this series, I had an idea of how the story line went. What I never expected to be so drawn into Katniss's struggles as she endured the Hunger Games and faced the outcomes of her actions.

Collins created a strong willed female protagonist in the Hunger Games. Although Katniss Everdeen may be 16 years old, she carries heavy responsibilities placed upon her strong that led her to become an adult too soon. To her, surviving is what she does on a daily basis. This trait of hers placed on the shelf with other strong female literary figures.

The Hunger Games started off the series with a great start, so Catching Fire is a must read. 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Catching Fire
"I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you," - Peeta (244).
As Katniss and Peetat continued to play Star Cross Lovers of District 12, a greater danger still lingered as rumor of a rebellion stirred the Districts. Unfortunately, President Snow paid her a visit that came with a warning. As Katniss continues to be the beloved victor of District 12, a Winter Quell announced. How will Katniss survive? Stay tune to read Catching Fire.

Second book in the Hunger Games series brought about an more enlightening feeling. Although Snow's threat still remained in the air, a love triangle came to a boil. Team Peeta and Team Gale head face to face. Quite enjoyable to read aside from the conspiracies. I literally squealed at the heartwarming Everlark moments.

Near the end, readers left with a major cliff hanger. It's all fun and game until someone gets hurt. This ever so popular quote comes into play. Readers may wonder why the author had to take that route and they will find out in Mockingjay.

Catching Fire, one of my favorite book in the series. Love, tears, betrayal, and pain packed in one book.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am seventeen years old. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. The Capitol hates me. Peeta was taken prisoner. He is alive. He is a traitor but alive. I have to keep him alive... (38).
The final book in the Hunger Games series continues right where Catching Fire left off on. Katniss rescued by the Rebels and selected to be their Mockingjay. Peeta captured by the Capitol and held prisoner. Stuck in the middle of a war between the Rebels and the Capitol, Katniss agrees to be their iconic symbol, but she soon learned sacrifices must be made to ensure the safe of others.

Mockingjay got me on the edge of me seats. This final book contained explosive seats that made me questioned if any characters were safe from brutal war between the Capitol and the Rebels. My heart broke for each characters, especially for Everlark (Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark).

Let's start from the beginning of the book. I familiarized myself with what happened in Catching Fire. Now in Mockingjay, Katniss and readers realized an existent of District 13, which rumors to be gone. Rumors turned out be wrong. Katniss is a mess, a simple way to described her condition. Peeta's pearl, the only object that kept her sane.

Mentioning of Peeta, what happened to him? That question answered when Katniss saw him on Capitol television looking very much alive:
"You're alive," I whisper, pressing my palms against my cheeks, feeling the smile that's so wide it must look like a grimace. Peeta's alive. And a traitor. But at the moment, I don't care. Not what he says, or who he says it for, only that he is still capable of speech, (27).
We get the normal Katniss back, but it won't last when she discovered her actions endangered Peeta's life. Thus, the Mockingjay soared as Katniss agreed to be the iconic symbol of the Rebel:
"Fire is catching!"..."And if we burn, you burn with us," (100).
Katniss's readiness to fight came with several conditions. Smart girl!

While this whole ordeal of becoming Mockingjay, Katniss and Gale became closer. Since an emptiness of Peeta's comfort, she seek out her former best friend/hunting partner for some much needed warmth. Readers can distinguish the different between her feeling lonely and contentment. Gale noticed this; he told her to not be with him just because she became lonely. I clapped for his response. He does not want to be rebound.

Conspiracies continues in the last installation of the Hunger Games. No one can be trusted, especially Coin, who seem to have her own agenda. Katniss goes along with the plans, yet at the same time she find ways to accomplish her goals.

One most important goal was to save Peeta, which was an easy task. Reader rejoiced for his safety in District 13, but doesn't last for long. The Peeta readers came to love in the previous books gone, replaced with a hijacked version, who greatly hate Katniss Everdeen. Not only did my heart broke for Everlark,so did Katniss. The one person, who loved her unconditionally, vanished.

Peeta's current state triggered her to throw herself in becoming a true Mockingjay for the rebellion. Goodbye to the Katniss, who followed President Coin's order. Say hello to the Katniss, who risk her life to kill Snow and lose her life in the process. The only person holding her in place initially was Peeta, but his mental condition deteriorated; she lost all hope.

When hope seem all lost, Peeta assigned by Coin to join the Star Squad. Conspiracy continued as Katniss realized Coin wanted to indirectly kill her by using Peeta to do it. As the squad planned to assassinate Snow, sacrifices made to ensure Katniss's safety; two important figures died.

Although she does not accomplished her initial goal, she get the privilege to personally execute Snow. A major plot twist created by Collins changed Katniss. Indeed, she does shot her arrow at a significant figure, which caused her to be placed into isolation awaiting for her trial.

As readers get closer to the end of this interesting story, Katniss returned to District 12 to start a new life. Where is Peeta? He joined her after his treatment in the Capitol. They begins again:
Peeta and I grow back together....On the night I feel that thing again, the hunger that overtook me on the beach, I know this would happened anyway. That what I need to survive is not Gale's fire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that, (388).         
Everlarkm, the ship sails! Let's jump for joy. An epilogue accompanied the final chapter of Mockingjay, which I will not spoil for those who have not read it yet. I had revealed enough already. 

Far from many mixed reviews regarding Mockingjay, it's one book worth not missing. If you want to see who Katniss choose, read this book and you will find out; my biggest hint: read the Epilogue.
So after, when he whispers, "You love me. Real or not?"
I tell him, "Real."  (388)    
Rating: 4/5 stars

Suzanne Collins. Catching Fire. New York: Scholastic Press.

---.The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press.

---. Mockingjay. New York: Scholastic Press. 2010. Print. 


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